Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says that while House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" budget proposal may be dead, the Senate still has a House budget proposal it could act on. That's the legislation passed by the House in August, to continue the Bush-era tax cuts for all income levels. The Collinsville Republican says if the Senate passed a version of that bill with its own changes and sent it back to the House, it could mark the start of genuine compromise on the budget:
"I thought for sure we'd come back the 27h after reading some stuff today. I think it'll depend on whether Harry Reid can pick up our bill, amend it and send it back to us. And he can't, I don't think we come back; and I think we come back after the new year, and swear in the new Congress.
Shimkus' remarks echoe those of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who suggested that Senate Democrats should amend the House bill, which they had earlier rejected in whole. Meanwhile, Shimkus says he would have voted for "Plan B," which Speaker Boehner withdrew after it failed to win strong GOP support. The proposal would have raised taxes for those making more than a million dollars a year, instead of a quarter million, as the Obama administration proposed.
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